Monday, September 23: Do not be like the horse or the mule

Jesus changed the world by launching a movement with a simple invitation: "Come and follow me." He made promises to those who accepted the invitation, but he also made some pretty high demands. Jesus said his followers would be recognized by the way they love one another. In this series we explore how loving one another like Jesus loves us requires surrender, humility, recognizing and listening to his voice, and exchanging the lead role in our own story for a critical role in his.

Read Psalm 32:8-10

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Do not be like the horse or the mule,

which have no understanding

but must be controlled by bit and bridle

or they will not come to you.

Many are the woes of the wicked,

but the Lord's unfailing love

surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Reflect

A necessary first step in following God is to place your trust in God. We're not like horses and mules, the psalmist says, but are rational creatures who can choose to trust or not to trust. We need to make the choice.

Respond

How is your trust in God? Do you look to him in good times and trouble, or do you find yourself consistently relying on your own power? Pray today for the willingness to trust God more and more.

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